The University of Redlands and Bulldog Athletics recently welcomed Denise Bennett as the inaugural, full-time Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach. She brings more than 10 years of experience as a basketball coach as well as expertise in training, development, leadership, and administration.
“I am extremely honored that Head Coach Rich Murphy has invited me to be a part of the University of Redlands women’s basketball program, which has grown, developed, and succeeded under his direction over the last 12 years.”
Most recently, the Oxnard, CA, native served as the Assistant Coach at San Diego Christian College for two seasons.
She also gained quality experience as the Head Coach at Torrey Pines High School from 2013-2016. During that time, Bennett garnered two Palomar League championships and led her team to an undefeated conference season in 2014. Her squad also made the California State playoffs all three years. In 2016, she was unanimously selected to be the Head Coach of the North vs. South Senior All-Star Game. Her experience with the All-Stars dates back to 2004 when she began coaching the San Diego Sol AAU travel team.
Bennett also brings experience off the court that includes breaking down film, planning practices, scheduling travel, recruiting, and developing scouting reports.
Bennett received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology at San Diego State University. Her collegiate playing experience began at Cuyamaca College, where she boasted First-Team All-League honors and was voted by her peers as the team’s Defensive Player of the Year. After transferring to Grossmont College, she repeated as an All-League selection with the Griffins. She graduated from Santana High School, where she helped her squad to a pair of CIF championships and two league titles.
“Bennett brings vast knowledge at all levels of basketball. She has proven to be a great recruiter and has an excellent ability to teach and motivate student-athletes. We are excited for her to bring fresh new ideas to our program,” Murphy commented.
Bennett is among multiple new hires for Bulldog Athletics, as the department continues to make the transition from graduate assistants to full-time assistants.
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